Tuesday, September 30, 2014

After tragic Western States Trail spill, Auburn man recovers to ride in Tevis Cup

Auburnjournal.com - Full Article

Tuesday Sep 30 2014

Local health club helps Schafer overcome broken knee, hip and collarbone

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor

Daniel Schafer thought he’d never ride again.

In May of 2013, the 70-year-old Auburn resident was involved in a tragic accident along the Western States Trail, tumbling down a steep embankment at the Auburn State Recreation Area while riding his horse.

At the time of the incident, Supervising Park Ranger Scott Liske told the Journal Schafer fell down about 100 feet off the trail near the Ruck-a-Chucky Campground.

“I went off the cliff and when I woke up all I could see was blood,” said Schafer, who was then airlifted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “I was pretty broken.”

The spill left Schafer with a broken knee, hip and collarbone and about 100 staples in his head and arm. He had plastic surgery on his eye, which needed some 70 stitches..

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